Distracted Driving Accidents in Colorado Increased 16% Over Last 4 Years, CDOT Reports

Distracted Driving Accidents in Colorado Increased 16% Over Last 4 Years, CDOT Reports

Since 2012, Colorado has seen a roughly 16 percent jump in the number of distracted driving accidents, according to the latest reports from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). In fact, as authorities have revealed, while just over 13,200 distracted driving collisions occurred in Colorado in 2012, last year in 2015, more than 15,300 of these crashes took place statewide.

This remarkable spike in distracted driving collisions in Colorado has led CDOT, along with authorities at the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), to support the National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is currently underway for the month of April. As part of this effort, authorities have officially declared distracted driving to be a “significant threat to traffic safety in Colorado.”

They have also planned heightened enforcement efforts throughout the month (in order to try to deter distracted driving) while encouraging motorists to join conversation and post anti-distracted driving messages on Facebook.

The goal, authorities have explained, is to reduce distracted driving crashes, which are 100 percent preventable, to zero, saving lives and preventing injuries.

Distracted Driving Accidents in Colorado: The Latest Numbers

To highlight the scope of the distracted driving problem in Colorado, CDOT officials have shared the following numbers, which reflect the latest findings about this driver misbehavior:

  • From 2012 to 2015, there were nearly 57, 300 distracted driving accidents in Colorado.
  • Roughly 30 percent of these crashes – or nearly 17,200 accidents – involved motorists who were 30 years old or younger.
  • About half of the distracted driving collisions that occurred over this time frame took place in Denver County, Adams County, Arapahoe County and Jefferson County.
  • While cellphone use has been cited as the number one distraction for Colorado motorists, the second most common distraction for motorists is other passengers in their vehicle.

Commenting on these distracted driving facts and Colorado authorities’ efforts to stop this deadly phenomenon, CDOT Transportation Safety Director Darrell Lingk has stated:

It’s clear distracted driving poses a threat to anyone on Colorado roadways, and it’s an issue that CDOT will attack head on this summer through our Drop the Distraction campaign.

Similarly, CP Chief Scott Hernandez has explained that:

We know we can save lives by reducing the number of impaired drivers on the road and increasing seat belt usage, which is the reason for our DUI and seat belt enforcement periods… Distracted driving is a more recent, but equally dangerous driving habit, and one that we hope to impact through our next enforcement period.

Although April and National Distracted Driving Awareness Month will be coming to an end within a few weeks, Colorado authorities have already made plans for continuing their fight against distracted driving. In fact, CDOT, with the support of CSP and others, intends to launch a statewide Drop The Distraction campaign this summer in order to continue the efforts and progress made this month.

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